Reflection: Lesson Planning Introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God - Section 3: Starting the Novel


The audio recording of this novel is an excellent way of helping students get used to the language. I really like the version I have. The narrator/performer is Ruby Dee and it can be found on I think she does an excellent job of helping the reader picture the porch sitters in chapter one. It is not something I could have achieved for my students with my own reading voice, and my accent. My students enjoy this audio as well. They all requested that we let Ruby Dee read the whole thing for us. I told them we may allow her to read a bit more to us later, but I also want them to tackle the language on their own, like Zora Neale Hurston envisioned it.

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Introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God

Unit 1: Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT reflect on their own perspective of ideas and themes that will be addressed in the novel by completing an anticipation guide and engaging in discussion. SWBAT engage with unique aspects of a foundational work of American Literature through a short lecture and with the help of an audio book.

Big Idea: Helping students find a comfortable entry point to this complex novel.

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